HARARE, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The World Food Program (WFP) will soon run a pilot project in Zimbabwe in which it would go into partnership with small scale farmers and buy produce from them, a senior WFP official said on Friday.
Visiting WFP deputy executive director Sheila Sisulu said the world body will diversify and expand its programs to promote food self sufficiency in countries by moving away from being a mere aid organization to one that promotes food self sufficiency.
Speaking to journalists soon after meeting President Robert Mugabe at Zimbabwe House, Sisulu said the WFP was now adopting new policies that ensured appropriate responses were set for each country depending on its challenges and problems.
"We had a very good discussion with President Mugabe about the role of WFP," she said, adding that the meeting with Mugabe also touched on the need for the WFP to move to programs that promote self sufficiency.
Sisulu arrived in the country on Monday and is expected to leave on Friday after a week long visit to the country where millions are depending on food aid for survival following consecutive years of poor harvests.
She was in the country to brief President Mugabe and relevant stakeholders on the global WFP policy change and shift from being merely an organization that renders food aid to an establishment that aims to promote food self sufficiency.
United Nations country team and humanitarian coordinator in Zimbabwe Agostinho Zacharias accompanied Sisulu to Zimbabwe House.